/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Soldier values show through in community sharing

Camp Ripley holiday volunteers CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every year, Soldiers, Airmen and employees of the Minnesota National Guard dedicate time, personal resources and some holiday spirit to help those in need throughout their communities.

"It's doesn't have to be much, it doesn't even have to cost anything, it can be as simple as a kind word," expressed Col. Scott St. Sauver, Camp Ripley garrison commander. "It's the right thing to do."

From the very beginning, before a recruit takes his or her first step off the bus at basic training, they are bombarded with the fundamental lesson: "Take care of your buddy." This simple phrase carries with it a not-so-simple responsibility to ensure that the people on your left and right are safe, secure and ready for service so everyone can get home.

The common bond among Service members is formed and ingrained by the understanding that each other is all we have in battle. Across the services, the values of honor, respect, loyalty and selfless service solidify the strength to go a little further, endure a little longer and look a little closer to see how everyone can add to the effort.

"Any Soldier can remember a moment when it was hard for them, when they had nothing, it makes it easier to recognize how to help someone else," said Tammy Klucas with the Camp Ripley Family Assistance Center.

These values to put the welfare of the nation, the Army and one's neighbors before one's self carries with it the same motivation today as it did on Christmas Day 1776, when Gen. George Washington led a ragged, undersupplied army across the Delaware River to strike a decisive victory for our struggling nation.

Throughout central Minnesota, staff and employees of Camp Ripley have joined other volunteers in the community who contributed to helping those in need, especially around the holidays, by participating in toy giveaways, food shelf drives, splitting firewood and most recently, filling gift tags for hundreds of children before Christmas.

"It's fulfilling to help those in need and to give back to those who support us so much," said Staff Sgt. Tim Krouth of the Camp Ripley Visitors Bureau. "Not everyone is fortunate enough to have good jobs and it's just a little something to show our support for our neighbors."

Camp Ripley contributions to the community this holiday season included delivering toys, clothes and other gifts to the Morrison County Gift Tag program in Little Falls, Dec. 14, 2015. This year the Soldiers and employees of Camp Ripley filled the request of over 100 gift tags and are continuing to gather items for local food shelf drives.

December 16, 2015
by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



Download best photos

Download all photos
Article source
http://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/3904864-camp-ripley-soldier-values-show-through-community-sharing



Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



Article archive
 
top